New Jersey Top 10 Poll
|1||Don Bosco Prep||1||24||1||1|
|5||St. John Vianney||9||19||3||2|
|9||Seton Hall Prep||NR||11||7||5|
|10||St. Joseph Montvale||NR||20||6||1|
1-Don Bosco Prep (24-1-1): The Ironmen’s hopes of an undefeated campaign and first Gordon Cup title since 2014 were dashed when they suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss to second-ranked Delbarton last Friday. Still, Don Bosco has defeated the Green Wave in two of their three meetings this winter and are the top-seed in the upcoming NJSIAA Private state tournament.
2-Delbarton (19-6-1): As usual, the Green Wave are elevating their game to another level come Cup and state tournament time. Delbarton trailed top-ranked Don Bosco, 1-0, in the 60th Gordon Cup final last Friday when Hunter Macy scored the equalizer before Andrew Boslund won it in overtime. It was Delbarton’s eighth Gordon Cup championship.
3-Randolph (19-1-3): Rams’ veteran coach Rich McLaughlin (414 career wins) guided his club to the Mennen Cup championship last Friday with a 4-2 victory over ?-ranked Morristown-Beard. The title was the first Mennen crown for Randolph since 2008 and fourth straight decision since a 2-1 loss to Morristown on Feb. 1.
4-Summit (20-2-2): The Hilltoppers extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2) when they captured the McInnis Cup last Friday with an impressive all-around 3-1 triumph over Livingston. Summit will play the winner of 17-Hopewell Valley and 16-Cranford in the NJSIAA State Tournament Round of 16 on Feb. 21.
5-St. John Vianney (19-3-2): The Lancers also appear to be gearing up to make a deep state tournament run, winning five straight and eight of their last nine contests – the lone loss coming to No. 2 Delbarton in the stretch. Vianney captured the Handchen Cup with a convincing 7-2 triumph over Middletown South on Feb. 15. The Lancers have also earned impressive wins this winter over St. Augustine, CBA and St. Joseph of Montvale.
6- Christian Brothers (15-8-2): The Colts are gearing up for the state tournament after dropping a 6-3 decision to second-ranked Delbarton in the Gordon Cup semifinal on Feb. 14. CBA, 9-2-1 in its last 12 games, has received a solid season thus far from senior Dean DiFazio, who leads the club with 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists.
7-St. Augustine (9-11-3): The Hermits nearly pulled off their own big upset when they took top-ranked Don Bosco to overtime last week before falling, 5-4, in the semifinal round of the Gordon Cup and move back into the rankings this week. St. Augustine advanced in the first round of the Gordon by knocking off then-No. 3 Gloucester Catholic, 5-4, in overtime on Feb. 12.
8-Gloucester Catholic (11-7-1): The South Jersey school’s quest for its first Gordon Cup was squashed with it suffered a 5-4 overtime setback against rival St. Augustine Prep in the quarterfinal round on Feb. 12. It was the team’s second straight loss (4-1 to Malvern Prep of Pa.) after putting together a four-game winning streak.
9-Seton Hall Prep (11-7-5): The Pirates, again cracking the Top 10, took sixth-ranked CBA through an overtime 2-2 tie before falling in a shootout in the quarterfinal round of the Gordon Cup on Feb. 12. Seton Hall faces a huge test on Feb. 21 when it skates against 10th-ranked St. Joseph of Montvale in the first round of the NJSIAA Private A tournament. The Pirates defeated St. Joe’s, 4-2, in a Jan. 1 regular season meeting.
10-St. Joseph of Montvale (20-6-1): The Bergen County squad comes off a notable 2-0 decision over then-No. 7 Northern Highlands on Feb. 16 in the Big North Gold Cup championship. The Green Knights are 6-1 in their last seven games, that only blemish a 3-1 defeat at the hands of fifth-ranked St. John Vianney. St. Joseph opens the NJSIAA Private tournament with a battle against No. 9 Seton Hall on Feb. 21.